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Adams meets PSNI following murder of Seamus Fox

25 April, 2010 - by Pat Sheehan


Sinn Féin west Belfast MP Gerry Adams this afternoon met the PSNI District Commander for west Belfast.

Mr. Adams was accompanied by Sue Ramsay MLA and Councillor Gerard O Neill, as well as Gerry McConville from the Upper Falls Community Safety Forum.

While the focus of the meeting was the murder of Seamus Fox, Mr. Adams also raised wider concerns about the PSNI’s inadequate response to anti-social behaviour in other parts of the constituency.

Speaking afterward Mr. Adams said:

“I am very mindful that one person has been charged with the murder of Mr. Fox and that due process must take its course.

In our meeting we raised a number of issues around the PSNI response to the murder of Seamus Fox, including its failure to react to reports of anti-social activity on the Suffolk Road and in Colin Glen Forest in the hours leading up to the assault of Mr. Fox.

I am dissatisfied with the PSNI’s response to me today.

Sinn Féin is concerned to ensure that this murder inquiry is thorough and that the Fox family are kept informed of all developments.

There is also a widespread concern at the less than adequate response of the PSNI to anti-social behaviour in west Belfast, particularly in the Lenadoon, the Falls and St. James areas.

While community and voluntary groups are working hard in these areas there are justifiable concerns that the PSNI response is insufficient.

I share these concerns.

Sinn Féin will be pressing for greater co-operations and more effective programmes of work to tackle anti-social problems.” CRÍOCH

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